An old method for weed suppression in orchards

An old method for weed suppression in orchards

A reply to a post in another community reminded me of a time-honored practice in Southern Appalachia. My cousin and good friend Duck first brought it to my attention. In spring, weeds are removed from under the trees in apple orchards, then field or cowpeas are planted among the trees to suppress weeds and fix nitrogen. The mature peas are harvested and eaten before the vines are cut and left in the orchard as compost that is worked into the ground the following spring. My friends and I are experimenting with this method in order to avoid herbicides and improve the fertility of the local clay soil.
My small room ~ tour ~ (img heavy)

My small room ~ tour ~ (img heavy)

Dodged the frost bullet last night.  The tomatoes are fine

Dodged the frost bullet last night. The tomatoes are fine

What a difference a day makes… </song>

What a difference a day makes… </song>

New and plant identification?

New and plant identification?

Picture Hanging Help!

Picture Hanging Help!

Happy Beltane!

Happy Beltane!